Nima Sensor, The Revolutionary Portable Food Tester


Use code: KidATravel20

Created by MIT scientists,  2016 Battlefield Hardware CES winner, and funded by a grant from the National Institute of Health, the Nima Sensor has been at the forefront of a bunch of chatter on social media lately throughout the gluten free community. While working as an official blogger for the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo in Dallas (TX), Kid Allergy Travel had the opportunity to get to know this revolutionary portable device. After careful consideration, we are proud to announce our official partnership with this brand.


Here is our personal family truth: I have been waiting for something like this ever since the day my kid was diagnosed.

Traveling frequently is tough with a child with an allergy. There was one week in 2017 when traveling that Kid Allergy visited three different cities and got gluten'd in each (Miami, Houston and Fort Worth). Our family has been looking for something just like the NIMA Sensor to add an additional layer of peace of mind when we travel. I hate having to solely rely on my mommy "gut" to feel out whether or not to trust a restaurant/server/dining situation. I want a second opinion. And, because Kid Allergy does not have a life threatening reaction, it isn't a life or death decision for us.

Ever wondered if this revolutionary portable food testing product is right for you?

Basically, it isn't cheap and it isn't foolproof.

Like most new technology, there is a cost to having access to this type of luxury. The device itself sits at just above the $200 mark and each cartridge costs about $6 each. Every time you test you will need to use one capsule. But, for those that are doing the math right now, there are ways to make this more cost effective including discounts for capsules if you sign up for monthly purchase plans and reimbursement for capsules through your FSA/HSA (read more about medical reimbursement here).

And yes folks...there are some limitations that basically boil down to being unable to detect soy sauce, vinegars, alcohol, hydrolyzed wheat, and anything else specifically acidic. Additionally, as it only tests one segment of the food, there is some risk of contamination on other parts of the food not tested that could also pose risk.

We totally know there are some strong feeling surrounding this product and we suggest you learn more about whether or not it is right for you here: What can't be detected by the NIMA Sensor.

Still interested? Wanna try it?

How about a discount?

Use code: KidATravel20

This promotional code is good for $20 off the Gluten Starter Kit or Peanut Starter Kit!

What's included in the Starter Kits? The device itself and 12 test capsules.

It really starts to feel like a community with the Nima App (it pairs with your sensor and creates a #nimatested map) plus the community blog covers subjects beyond just testing food. Read more written by me as a freelance writer to get a feel for the overall Nima community, and to get a sense of what it is like to use the Nima gluten sensor product in daily life:

Disneyland Sit-Down Dining with Kids (Los Angeles Area/Anaheim) #nimatested

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